MANILA — Xander Ford, the social media personality formerly known as Marlou Arizala, announced Friday that he identifies as bisexual.
Through Instagram Stories, Ford announced that, "I am part of LGBTQ," with a rainbow emoji and the hashtag #Bisexual.
Ford's verified Instagram page now also has a description indicating he is bisexual, aside from his being 21 years of age.
Ford was last known to be in a relationship with a woman. That relationship courted controversy early this year when Ford was accused of physical abuse and sexual assault. Ford dismissed the allegations.
A former boy group member who rose to fame for chronicling his surgical transformation, Ford previously prompted speculation about his sexual identity in February.
At the time, he posted an Instagram selfie showing him with decidedly feminine makeup, while wearing a long wig.
"Walang masama sa pagiging bakla," he wrote then. "Ang masama ang mga utak ng tao na kahit hindi mo inaano, madaming panlalait ang masasabi sa 'yo."
Here's an explainer on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression: